Reviews and Problems with Microsoft LifeCam Studio
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plug and play
2 weeks ago
Summary: My modest-expectations search for a low-maintenance cam is over. The intent was to find hardware with decent image quality, reasonably well-built, for video conferencing from a Windows 7 computer. I have no intent whatsoever to shoot movies or take stunning still pictures with it; but I absolutely wanted *not* having to mess around with drivers or configuration. This is a good plug-and-play cam that just works, and is supported in Skype, GoToMeeting, Hangouts, etc.
Excerpt: Even though I was unable to see the results of HD on my computer it still allowed me to experience a much better picture using Skype and its check list that allowed for a lesser setting to accomodate my computer's lack of capability. It immediatly installed and linked to Skype and provided a seperate identity for uses seperate from just one application. It was on sale as a clearance product and therefore affordable even though I already had a lesser product installed.
Summary: I wanted this camera to use for taking close-up magnified pictures of circuit boards and other items. I purchased an cemented 2-piece achromatic lens 28 to 30mm in diameter with a focal length of 100mm which gives a magnification of about 10X. You can just tape the added lens to the camera lens housing. The 30mm diameter is just slightly larger than the camera front. The physical shape and size of the camera works well for this.
Summary: I really like what they have done with the swivel base. The USB cord does not attach to the camera, but comes out the base, and the camera can rotate about 170 degrees. I don't know how they achieved this, but it works. I was hoping the lens cap would fit in tight so that I could cover it up when not in use to prevent dust from entering, and more importantly, to prevent NSA from watching me. But no, the cap is quite loose.
Summary: Pretty good video for the price. Using them for business video conferencing and give good depth, color, and field of view. Not an expensive camera. A good blue camera for 720 resolution video conferencing use.
Summary: In low-lighting this camera is going to have low FPS. The "software included" (mine had none) isn't great (I downloaded from Microsoft). I used Virtual Dub (A free recording suite). I could only reach 7-10 fps at 1080p, and FINALLY figured out it was a lighting issue. I increased the lighting in the room, and was able to achieve 25fps in 1080 and 30fps in 720. I used the MJPG compression setting, and turned off auto focus.